Spring Skincare Face Cleanser Favorites

April 6, 2018

Best Spring Face Cleansers Tatcha, Kate Somerville and Fresh Beauty

I’m back with a spring skincare post. I did an extensive overview back in November of my favorite face cleansers, cleansing waters and toners. Out of all the beauty products I use I think I go through face wash the most. I feel like having clean skin and finding a product that effectively removes dirt, makeup, residue and pollution makes all the difference in having good skin. I get asked a lot for recommendations on products that will smooth pores but I think the first step to reducing pore size is to look at your skincare. A good place to start is with cleansers.

Quick note that I do use more face wash than the average person. I often wash my face multiple times per day. I start each morning with a cleanse whether it’s at the sink or in the tub or shower. Anytime I work out I follow again with a face wash. When I’m swatching a lot of foundations or product on my face I wash it again. If I’m in a pool or at the beach, once I’m back at home, I wash again. For times I’m out and about and don’t have access to my home sink I bring wipes with me (more on these soon as I’m still testing a bunch). And I end the days washing my face as well. Finding a good cleanser that is effective but gentle is essential so my skin doesn’t become irritated or dried out.

My absolute favorite brand for face cleanser is Kate Somerville. Her line of cleansers have been the most reliable for me no matter what condition my skin is or what the weather/season is like. Her skincare line in general has been life changing for me. If you are ever in Los Angeles and can make a trip to the Kate Somerville Clinic on Melrose I highly recommend you book a visit. There’s a new cleanser out called the Cold Cream which is really amazing. I also wanted to highlight all the ones I’ve tried as I know I’ve done roundups here and there but some of you wanted a comprehensive post. I feel like the price point of her cleansers is very reasonable.

Kate Somerville Cleansers Exfolikate, Daily Gentle, Detox, Eradikate, Cold Cream review

From top to bottom:

  • ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash is a very gentle exfoliating wash that has glycolic and lactic acids and natural fruit enzyme. There are is a slight hint of texture but it’s not anything like a scrub. Unlike her ExfoliKate Scrub, the Cleanser doesn’t have any tingle. If your skin feels congested this is a great option. I can use it daily without it irritating or drying my skin.
  • Gentle Daily Wash is a gel based wash for sensitive skin. My brother uses this often and it’s gentle enough for his ultra sensitive skin. This was my go-to when I was in San Diego. In Florida I need something stronger but I still find this great for days I’m sensitive or just want something really soft.
  • Detox Daily Cleanser is best for normal or oily skin. I am obsessed with this for Florida weather. It doesn’t dry out my skin and leaves the skin feeling smooth. I would say that in normal weather conditions I liked to use this post work out.
  • EradiKate Daily Foaming Cleanser for Acne Treatment is Andrew’s favorite. This is for acne-prone skin and has 3% Sulfur which targets acne and clogged pores. This helps him with excess oil and rebalances his skin. It’s helped to minimize his pores when he uses this and exfoliates on a regular basis. I also use this frequently. It helps during times I feel like my skin is congested.
  • Cold Cream Moisturizing Cleanser is the latest from Kate Somerville. It’s for all skin types but does have the nicest moisturizing feel once wiped off. It’s a creamy cold cleanser with white Kiawe honey, jasmine, rose and daisy extracts. You apply on a dry face and wipe off with a warm wash cloth. It’s a cleanser + makeup remover in one. For me it removes all my face makeup and for eye makeup it does a pretty good job at removing it. I still prefer using a makeup remover on a cotton pad for eyes first as it’s less messy. Skin is left noticeably smooth after use. I actually like using this in the morning because it feels refreshing and smooth.

Next are a couple Fresh favorites. Everyone raves about the Soy Face Cleanser and I might be the only person who did not like it. I decided to try the Peony Brightening Foam Face Cleanser instead and love it. It’s a very lightweight almost airy like cleanser that foams up nicely. I haven’t noticed any brightening effects but skin does feel really fresh and clean after use. I also have really been loving the Fresh Sugar Face Polish. The one I have below is an empty mini but I have it on my wishlist to restock during the upcoming Sephora Beauty Insider event although there is a tempting Fresh GWP going on at Nordstrom right now.

Fresh Peony Brightening Face Cleanser

Last some Japanese beauty cleansers from Shu Uemura and Tatcha that I’ve had in rotation from Tatcha. I did a roundup of the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils last year in this post. I repurchased the PoreFinist and Blanc Chroma after using those up. They have a soft fresh floral scent but it’s non-irritating. They both have a very smooth feel to them and do an excellent job at cleansing the skin. Tatcha is another favorite for sensitive dry skin but they have expanded their line to include items for normal/combo. The Deep Cleanse is a great everyday cleanser for normal skin. You only need a tiny amount and a little goes a long way to cover the face. Their Camellia Cleansing Oil is a classic you really can’t go wrong with. For a double cleanse I’ll often use the Rice Enzyme Powder to gently exfoliate and cleanse the face.

Cleansing Oil Shu Uemura, and Face Cleansers from Tatcha

My favorites change on a regular basis. I keep multiples on stock as I like to rotate weekly. I also keep different ones in the bath vs. shower vs. bathroom counter around the house. My current favorite go-to’s are the Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash, EradiKate Wash, Cold Cream and all three items from Tatcha. If you’re in the market for a spring cleanser I hope these give you some ideas!

You can find the cleansers available at a wide range of retailers. Ones I shop at frequently listed below:

Tatcha can be found at Sephora and Tatcha.
Kate Somerville available at Sephora, Nordstrom and Kate Somerville.
Shu Uemura online at Shu Uemura USA.
Fresh at Sephora, Nordstrom and Fresh.


What’s your favorite cleanser right now?


Press samples include the Kate Somerville Cold Cream, EradiKate Cleanser, Tatcha The Deep Cleanse, Tatcha Rice Powder.

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  • Brooke April 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    The photography in this is stunning 😍 I’m loving the Dermalogica Special Cleanser at the moment. Leaves my face feeling amazing! x

    Brooke |

  • Anna April 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Cleansing is my favorite skin care stage. I have not tried anything from this your list, but would like to try the cleanser from Tatcha.

  • Lisa April 6, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I just got the Kate Cold Cream, and I am obsessed. I’m hoping the jar lasts me a while, because I am slightly addicted. I even grab it when I am not wearing makeup. I just don’t care! 😉

  • Shelleyeatz April 6, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Haha, I am among those who enjoy the Soy Face Cleanser. Glad you like the Peony one! And hope you’re feeling better 🙂

  • msh111 April 6, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I’ve been using Dermalogica Pre Cleanse & Balm system. I really like the way my skin feels after I’ve used it – satisfactory clean, no dryness afterwards, rinsed off easily.
    I too did not care for the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser – too heavy for me. Took too long to fully rinse off.

  • talker blogger April 6, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I am yet to try Kate Somerville brands

  • Yourbeautypantry April 6, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Beautiful post.

  • The December Dame April 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I have never tried Kate Somerville but am intending to!


  • Anne Capitant April 6, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try Kate Somerville. I’ve heard such good things but for a while it was “don’t use it if you have sensitive skin” but I think the concept of how you deal with sensitive skin has evolved a bit to understand even we need to exfoliate lol. I definitely want to try ExfoliKate and the new Cold Cream cleanser.

    Fresh is my sisters favorite brand! I don’t notice any effects from use but they are definitely gentle products.

    Tatcha is my dream brand. It’s so gorgeous and so luxe while also being really, really good. It’s the brand I know I’ll buy when I’m in a good financial state (which will hopefully mean I’m better health-wise as the medical bills are taking up most of the budget lol). I’ve had some minis of theirs as I always go for them when I have a chance. I have every iteration of their rice enzyme powder (minis) and LOVE them. I also have minis of the camellia cleansing oil and their deep cleanse and both are amazing. I also definitely want to get their new primer at one point.

    Good roundup! You have a good balance of more gentle cleansers, some that are more intense, and I like that you included different forms (cream, oil, powder, exfoliator, etc) as I feel like a lot of people don’t know too much about things like powder cleansers and such.

  • Louise Greenberg April 6, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Great post with lots of good explanations. I use Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash, Skin Ceuticals’s regular cleanser, both of Indie Lee’s cleansers (there are two in her line), Dermologica special cleanser (not in current rotation as I have a large bottle and parked it for now), Dermologica pre cleanse. I also have some large sample size bottles of various products, eg Peter Roth, that I use if I want to wash my face before supper. I wash my face in the morning and at night and follow with toner, serum and moisturizer. I have tried Fresh’s soy cleanser and didnt like it. I have one cleanser from Dermologica that I haven’t opened yet and it is a glycolic type cleanser. I also like to rotate my cleansers and keep some in the shower. I have not tried the Tatcha brand.

  • Erika Stryker April 7, 2018 at 10:15 am

    My favorite mask right now is Girl Interrupted Stumbled Across Paradise face mask. The last time I had such great skin was with microbeads. I use Perricone Nutritive cleanser and Cor Soap daily. An alternate is Rodin Facial Cleansing Powder. I do love my Clairisonic with the Perricone cleanser.

  • Eileen April 7, 2018 at 11:17 am

    For night: I’ve used Tatcha’s superlative cleansing oil ever since it was first introduced. It has become my gold standard for an elegant product that effectively, yet gently, completely removes all my makeup, sunscreen, etc. I started using cleansing oils in my early teens—long before they became a fad. I’m in my seventies now and have been using them for over sixty years. Oily skin, blemished skin, normal skin, combination skin, sensitive skin, bone dry skin—I’ve progressed through all those stages as I’ve aged and have always found that nothing beats a good cleansing oil for maintaining the healthy balance and beauty of my complexion. Not all oils are created equal, though. Some are better suited for certain skin types than others and some are better at removing makeup and pollutants than others. For me, the key is using one that is cosmetically elegant so I’ll take pleasure in using it, that calms and soothes my skin while effectively cleansing it, and that is easily emulsified and removed leaving only clean soft skin in its wake—without the need for double cleansing! That’s Tatcha!

    For morning: I use Cetaphil for sensitive skin as there is no makeup removal involved. It’s gentle, non-irritating, and leaves my skin baby soft; ready for the day’s various lotions and potions. For a gentle exfoliation, I use Tatcha’s enzyme powder every other day instead of Cetaphil. I like that the powder comes in so many different formulations so there is one that is ideal for every skin type and condition.

  • Daphney Degand April 7, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Love this post! I think I will give the Kate Somerville cleansers a try and will buy the mini size of the Tatcha The Deep Cleanse and see which I prefer for the summer season. Will you soon do a “makeup remover” version of this post? (Or did I miss it? 🙂 )

  • Юля Журавлева April 8, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Very interesting post, dear! i like this!

  • Kate G. April 8, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Sabrina, will you be doing a Sephora sale post this year? I think it starts soon? Thank you!

    • BeautyLookBook April 9, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Yes! Sale starts at the end of the week for Rouge, will be doing my recs before then 🙂

  • Ashley Laughlin April 8, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    The packaging on these are so gorgeous!

  • lawler April 9, 2018 at 4:45 am

    I’m not really in love with any cleanser at the moment. They are all just a necessary step until I get to the good stuff. I try some, am loyal to none and keep moving on to other stuff. I have an arm-length list of ones I don’t like though! 😀

  • Yolennie April 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Ouu lovely list. Currently, I quite like the Kiehl’s centella cleanser, it’s ultra gentle!

  • Lauren's Lip Glossary April 9, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Lovely picks! Need to try some of these forsure! Thanks for the reviews!
    xo- Lauren Will

  • Louisa Fae Dent April 11, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Cold Cream Moisturizing Cleanser sounds interesting, hope it doesn’t take too long to reach Australia

  • Leann April 11, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    I need to try the Shu Uemura oils

  • dkim5 April 11, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    The pictures are beautiful! I love the Kate Somerville daily foaming cleanser! Thanks for a great review!

  • stephanieamccoy April 11, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Kate Somerville is really great!

  • Murph April 11, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I need to try the Shu oils. I adore all of their hair products and some are HG items for me. (The spray on conditioner / detangler is magic.) Hope to have the same results with the skin care products.

  • Madison Tinus April 11, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I love the Kate Somerville for bad skin days!

  • Janice Wong April 11, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    The Kate Somerville EradiKate really helped me with my clogged pores while not irritating my sensitive skin 🙂 The Cold Cream looks interesting and might be good for when I go to humid HK in the summer as a cooling and soothing cleanser~ must try it out!

  • Katie T April 11, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I agree about KS cleansers, they’re some of the best! Currently using the Exfolikate, but the detox is another favorite. I may pick up the new cold cream with the Sephora sale…

  • J Lee April 11, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    I used to use to use the Philosophy Purity cleanser for a long time and thought it could do no wrong, but noticed a big change when I switched to simple Cerave foaming cleanser (the one for oily skin). y skin seems more balanced now, with fewer dry patches (even though I still have oily skin). Have been loving Shiseido’s perfect cleansing oil to take off all the foundation and sunscreen before hand!

  • Gail A April 11, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Can’t wait to try Kate..been using a few from Kiehls and Orlane…

  • Carolyn April 11, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    I need to try the Eradikate cleanser! I also love Indie Lee cleansers as they’re very gentle and made with great ingredients.

  • mlletendance April 11, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Kate Somerville and Fresh are the best brand for skin care

  • tiffany April 11, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    The eradikate cleanser is my holy grail I use it almost everyday!! The exfolikate cleanser was a pass for me though.

  • Suzanne Lewinson April 11, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    I love anything Fresh!! The cleanser sounds like something I definitely need to add to my lineup!

  • flyergal82 April 11, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I’ve been using the Drunk Elephant jelly cleanser. It’s good but I don’t ever notice a difference from cleansers. I use Exfolikate twice a week too.


  • Victoria Lo April 12, 2018 at 2:42 am

    i’m also really torn on the soy face cleanser! i can’t tell if it’s helping my skin or making it worse

  • Trudi April 12, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Sabrina…you never mention the use of any facial tools? Have you used any of them? Have you tried the FOREO tool yet? Why not? You would be amazed at the results compared to the Clarisonic Brush which is so much more harsh. Just wondering?

  • Petunia April 12, 2018 at 7:17 am

    I am so excited that Kate Somerville came out with a new cleanser. I was disappointed when I found out they were discontinuing their balm, but there were numerous problems with the formula not remaining stable. I hope they can fix the issue and bring it back. In the meantime, I am going to try her cold cream!

  • Trudi April 12, 2018 at 3:29 am

    I use the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil because I use the FOREO LUNA Cleansing tool. I let the tool do the hard work and my skin looks all brand new afterwards and super soft. The vibrations from the FOREO really gets deep down into your facial skin and brings up all of the blood to the surface which makes it appear all brand new! My skin has never looked as bright and clean when I use the Oil & FOREO together. I’ve seen a definite reversal of small facial wrinkles as well. Otherwise, I use the Chanel Pearl Round Soap Bar which has always worked so well for me, and it doesn’t dry out your skin & mine is dry. The Pearl round bar of soap leaves my skin super squeaky clean. Win Win!

  • Sab April 12, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Have you tried amorepacific line?

  • GraceMonaco April 12, 2018 at 7:56 am

    I’m finishing my winter combo of my favorite Shu Uemera cleansing oil followed by the Avene Dermo-cleansing milk. I’m then switching to Shu Uemera’s Nutri Nectar for the hotter months ahead here in Florida.

  • Andreia SPR April 12, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Right now I use Filorga’s mousse to take off the make-up, and a Bioderma cleanser as a second cleanse.

  • Rachel April 12, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I have sensitive skin so I would be interested in how others found the Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash

  • Laura Schmaltz April 12, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I really want to try that new Kate Somerville cold cream – it’s on my Sephora sale list! I also love the Dresh sugar scrub. It smells so nice! 😋

  • Lisa Vandersniff April 12, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for the great overview – this will be super handy as I decide which cleanser is going to make it on my Sephora list!

  • Amelia Cad April 12, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for such an in-depth review. Excited to try Tatcha water cream.

  • Jane S April 12, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I use the Kate Somerville Exfolikate!

  • Lindsey Martinez April 12, 2018 at 10:53 am

    How often do you switch cleansers? Daily, Weekly?

  • Cadie Campbell April 12, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I really like how convenient the Tatcha rice enzyme is, I keep a travel size in my bag which is good for when i’m doing a long shift at the hospital.

  • Melissa April 12, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Love to use my tatcha cleansers!

  • Collar Wilson April 12, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I want to try the Kate Somerville cold cream. Right now, I use Shu Uemura as my go to make up remover and I wash my face in olive oil soap.

  • Ellemomo April 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    The Soy Face Cleanser didn’t work for me either…something about the consistency I think. My favorite cleanser is the L’Occitane Immortelle precious cleansing foam. Such a wonderful experience, so effective and I love the smell. I’m hoping to try the Indie Lee Rosehip cleanser next!

  • Laurie M. April 12, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I’m all set for a winter cleanser but I haven’t found the perfect one for summer yet. I am excited to try out some of the Kate Somerville ones!

  • Rachels Page April 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I can’t seem to find the Fresh Peony available locally…

  • murphmeister April 12, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    i was rotating in the Kate Somerville cleansers until i found out i was pregnant since the ones i had contained salycylic acid. Need to try this Fresh one. Have never purchased a full size of the Tatcha – just had the samples… Always love them!

  • Katrin Bartas April 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    I really love the Caudalie oil cleanser. It’s so effective at getting my makeup off and leaves my skin feeling so soft <3

  • Haley April 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The Kate Somerville sounds lovely– I was in love with their Goat Milk cleanser until they discontinued it!

  • Jennifer Thorn April 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you, Sabrina! My favourite on your list is the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder…so gentle, yet very effective.

  • AmyB April 12, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Can’t wait to try the new Kate Somerville!!

  • Farah Ilyas April 12, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    I am currently using a cleanser from Elemis and looking forward to try Tatcha next. 😀

  • Carly April 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try the Fresh Sugar Face Polish for so long now! Great post as always! 🙂

  • Anna Fiore April 12, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I had a period a couple months ago where I was breaking out all the time so I switched to a Mario Badescu wash for acne, but now it’s too drying! I switched back to my old Neutrogena standby, but I’m curious about the Fresh peony wash.

  • nic April 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I really hate that I love the Tatcha deep cleanse and powder.

  • Marina April 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Looking forward to try Kate Somerville’s cleansers.

  • Meghan M April 12, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you for a great post! I love Kate Somerville’s cleansers!

  • Jennifer Allen April 12, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    I am loving the gentleness of La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser. It’s got ceramides for hydration and niacinamide for pigmentation – perfect for my AM or second cleanse at night. I love ExfoliKate, but I was always worried that EradiKate would be too harsh as a cleanser for me. Thanks to your recommendation I picked it up last week. I’ve loved Sunday Riley Saturn mask as a spot treatment, and since EradiKate also uses sulfur, I hope my skin will also love this cleanser!

  • Katelyn Du Sherman April 13, 2018 at 1:03 am

    I love Tatcha’s cleansing oil. It takes off all my make up in one step. I still double cleanse with Chantecaille’s foaming wash after. So clean and soft!

  • Aracely Torres April 13, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    May I say, I really like these kind of blog posts where you give us multiple reviews on skincare. I am currently using the OleHenriksen Face the Truth Cleanser. I find it gentle for everyday use.

  • Regina Heineman April 14, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Hoping to check out these (and more!) Shu and Tatcha items in person when I visit Japan soon!

  • Deborah April 14, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I have loved other products from the Fresh product line and now I am curious to try this facial cleanser. I find their products to be very gentle.

  • Jasmine April 14, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I love the Shu Uemura Oleo Moist oil gel cleanser.

  • bart k April 16, 2018 at 8:04 am

    I’m loving Glow Recipe, Goldfaden MD and CURA with the weather finally getting warmer! Also may need to repurchase the ExfoliKate one. As always, such a great round-up!